Hi I'm Paul - I'm very glad you came to visit.
I have been teaching violin and viola for just over 20 years and I enjoy helping students at every level.
My main teaching interest is to provide advanced orchestral training for middle and high school students.
In addition to teaching, I play professionally throughout the year. This sometimes involves playing with professional orchestras in the area such as the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Ballet Theater and the Shepherd of the Lakes Festival Orchestra. The smaller ensemble type of performing I've done was mostly wedding ceremonies and receptions. The non-classical playing I do is also with smaller ensembles and these are either holiday ensembles or with my jazz band (Joe Summers Gypsy Jazz Trio), where I play jazz fiddle.
During the day, I work at Shar Products, a firm specializing in violin-family instruments and accessories. I am employed there as an instrument repairman, and my duties involve instrument set-up, repair, bow re-hairs.
I share a studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan with my wife Elizabeth Cheng, and we have four children Emily, Nathan, Lucille and Sophie.